A Bird for a Bonnet: Gender, Class and Culture in American Birdkeeping, 1776-2010
By: Trudy Irene Scee (author)Hardback
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This is the first serious historical study of Birdkeeping in America from colonial times to the present. It documents and discusses the various forms of commercial Birdkeeping and the opportunities it offered to women and some minorities. Research into state and national political activities of bird keepers and their sometimes strained relations with each other (hobbyists vs. professionals, preservation of environment vs. commercial exploitation) are discussed. Birds are seen as a metaphor for American self identity (starting with the national symbol of the eagle) and, at times, for reform: the case of Robert Stroud "The Birdman of Alcatraz" is discussed at length. Problems of work and leisure are also thoroughly discussed and several interesting hypothesis emerge as to birds and human conduct. Birdkeeping was one of the first cash businesses in America dominated by women from the production, harvesting, wholesale through to the resale outlets. Dr. Scee explores some of the avenues of power and responsibility used by the women entrepreneurs who guided the enterprise for over two centuries.
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